Hankai Electric Railway (Osaka) No. 247 was built in 1921 by Umebachi/Sharyo. Rebuilt in 1947, it remained in service in Osaka until 1990, when it was acquired for spare parts by the Edmonton Radial Railway Society. However, it arrived in such excellent condition that the plans were revised and the car kept for the future High Level Bridge Line. It saw first service in 1995 with the help of a generator trailer and finally made the first trip across the High Level Bridge under overhead lines in 1997. For many years, Osaka 247 was the only streetcar on this line and it has served our society extremely well.
At the end of the 2012 season Osaka 247 was withdrawn from service and moved to our Fort Edmonton Park streetcar barn for maintenance work. It will be returning to service on the High Level Bridge Line in Spring, 2017.
No. 247 in Osaka sporting Canadian and Japanese flags prior to shipment to Edmonton. © ERRS Collection